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About the Author of ESOL Help.com
The author of this website is Doina Popovici, an ESOL math teacher from Atlanta, Georgia. As a former English language learner herself, Ms. Popovici understands the barriers that ELL students must overcome to become successful in school. This website was created to provide students and teachers worldwide with a free English language software that can be used online.
Ms. Popovici was born in Romania, where she attended Babes-Bolyai University on a merit scholarship. In 1997 Ms. Popovici received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a year later she obtained a Master of Science Degree in Differential Equations, graduating with a perfect GPA. In August 2008 Ms. Popovici obtained a Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University, graduating again with a perfect GPA. Her first year teaching was as an associate professor at Hunedoara Engineering University in Romania, where she published two mathematical articles at the International Conference for Engineers in 1999. Later that year, Ms.Popovici came to Atlanta and obtained a clear-renewable teaching certificate in mathematics and ESOL.
Ms. Popovici has taught English learners for the last twelve years. For the last five years Ms. Popovici has created several educational websites, blogs, math videos, and numerous online quizzes and games. Her websites have millions of visitors from more than 70 countries every month. Ms. Popovici uses her websites to provide students worldwide with free online tools designed to help them understand and apply mathematical concepts in their daily lives.
In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, Ms. Popovici was nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award at different schools. In March 2007, she received the Rising Star Award for excellence in education. In 2009 she became the International Center Teacher of the Year. In December 2005, Ms. Popovici was featured on www.Casenex.com and her instructional strategies were exemplified in three online videos captured in her classroom. These videos were later used as part of the ESOL endorsement training provided to new ESOL teachers.
When teaching her students, Ms. Popovici emphasizes the importance of good work ethics and personal responsibility. Outside of her classroom, she worked as a volleyball varsity head coach, chaired the mathematics department, created the math departmental budget and action plan, worked as a member of the Leadership Team, helped with the CSIP, and held Title III and K-8 after school tutorials.
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